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Milford School District Looks to Expand Digital Visitor Tracking

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MILFORD, Del. (WBOC) - Milford School District has been taking keeping an eye on school visitors high-tech.

The school system has been using a digital visitor management system in some of its schools for two years. And the district is now looking to expand the system to all its schools.

Joey Melvin, the district's school resource officer, says the system is in place at Milford's pre-k building and elementary schools. His goal is to have them at the middle school and high school this year.

Try to pay a visit to Milford's Mispillion Elementary School, Melvin says you're going to need to have your ID scanned to get past the front office.

"It enhances our visitor management system. It used be you just signed in on a piece of paper. You'd be issued a stick on badge with a handwritten note of who it was. This goes a lot further than that."

That's because scanning the ID allows for something else.

"It's checking the ID against all the sex offender registry databases in the country," Melvin said.

And the district can flag people, if, for example, there are custodial issues, so a note pops up after the scan.

There's an automatic alert when that scan gets a hit.

"I get a text message and email immediately - as well as the principals and the secretaries," Melvin said.

Mispillion Principal Susan Donahue said it is much better than the old system of monitoring visitors and checking IDs.

"We'd look at it," Donahue said. "We'd see that the picture matches the person standing in front of you. But you don't have any other information on the person."

Donahue says so far only one person has set off an alert. Melvin says across all the schools it's only a few a year.

He adds the system is important to the district beyond the people it actually flags.

"I think it's showing the general public how vigilant the Milford School District is being, which serves as a deterrent for people who want to do bad things on campuses."

Melvin says the system cost $1,500 per school the first year and $400 to $500 every year after.

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